Drop-in centre stands stronger with grant

Brandon Owen with Westpac Northlands Plaza |manager Hana Tua at Stand By Me Youth Service. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d440669
Drop-in centre stands stronger with grant
Brandon Owen with Westpac Northlands Plaza |manager Hana Tua at Stand By Me Youth Service. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d440669

The drop-in centre, which has up to 90 visitors aged 11-18 years each day, received $9500 through the Westpac Foundation Community Grants.

The grant will go towards hiring a teacher to help young people with numeracy and literacy, in addition to the drop-in centre already providing food and entertainment.

Centre spokeswoman Amy Daniels said staff were �over the moon� about the grant.

�Many young people visiting the centre need support in their learning but don�t feel comfortable accessing this at school,� she said.

She said the new teacher would also act as a mentor and provide one-on-one support.

Ballajura-based K-equip, which was awarded $9406 in funding, supplies special needs bicycles and tricycles with low, sturdy frames and postural |support to children with disabilities.

The grant will be used to help fund the I Can Ride program, where K-equip bikes are used to teach children how to ride.

Westpac Foundation executive officer Lisa Waldron said monetary donations from staff and customers made it possible to help community groups and organisations.